UAE residents committed to family ties and ethics, shows study

WAM Dubai, 19 Dec. 2012 (WAM) : People living in the UAE strongly value their relationships with family and are strongly committed to keeping ethics, according to the findings of the UAE National Values Survey announced by Barrett Values Centre.

The survey, covered 4,100 individuals from different segments of the community, 57% of whom were UAE nationals and 43% expatriates aged over 20 years old and comprised 54% male and 46% female participants. The survey was conducted by Rayak, a centre specialised in preparing surveys on public opinions, in collaboration with Barrett Values Centre.

The results of the UAE values assessment provide significant insights into ways the government can positively impact the well-being of the people of the nation, and give key inputs to the government by highlighting people’s value priorities.

“Barrett Values Centre is delighted to announce the results of this survey, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East region. The survey showed that in spite of the significant diversity existing in the UAE, the community is enjoying remarkable harmony. It also reflects the efficiency of the existing engagement cultural mechanisms that facilitates the relationship between the nationals and expatriate residents in the country,” said Richard Barrett, Founder and Chairman of Barrett Values Centre.

“Nations, communities and organisations prosper and thrive when their leaders are focused on building values-driven cultures that respond to citizens and employees needs: when there is an alignment between what people value and what they experience in their lives,” said Barrett.

The values that participants in the UAE survey were asked to select from included positive and potentially limiting values. According to the findings of the survey, the top values in the UAE on a personal level include Caring, Family, Respect, Honesty, Ethics, Achievement, Ambition and Commitment, Cooperation and Being Liked.

Concern for Future Generations, Respect, Community Pride, Creativity, Family, and Affordable Housing were identified as values that are being experienced or were desired to be experienced.

When asked about the values they experience in the UAE, the survey revealed a very positive picture featuring values such as Peace, Educational Opportunities, Aesthetics and Loyalty.

Innovation, Employment Opportunities, Financial Stability, and Honesty were some of the preferred values the respondents thought they would like to experience in the UAE.

Significantly, the study showed that UAE has the second lowest level of �cultural entropy’ among 18 countries studied by BVC since 2007. Cultural entropy, which is the level of dysfunctional, toxic or destructive energy people feel in a country, was at just 12% in the UAE compared to 72% in Venezuela, 63% in Iceland and 60% in Argentina. Even advanced countries such as the UK, France and the US witnessed cultural entropy levels of 59%, 57% and 56% respectively. The lowest cultural entropy level was 4% recorded in Bhutan.

The principal limiting values that contribute to cultural entropy are Bureaucracy, Blame, Corruption, Materialism, Environmental Pollution and Aggression.

“Values represent our needs and motivate our actions and determine our behaviours. At Barrett Values Centre, we believe that shared values connect human beings beyond race, religion, politics and gender. We believe that human societies grow and develop to the extent that we are able to reduce fear, build trust and increase love by reaching a common understanding of our shared values,” pointed out Barrett.

The UAE was one of two countries among 18 countries, where the survey was conducted, that had all positive values in its top ten current values, indicating that people in the UAE are highly satisfied with the current situation in the country.

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